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Star-Varsity bowlers rip through Melville

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 25/02/2013

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A demanding bowling effort propelled Star-Varsity to victory in the Hec Holland Plate final in Hamilton yesterday.

After Melville won the toss and chose to bat, they struggled to compile runs against a testing and varied attack from The Quadrant Star-Varsity lineup.

Left-arm spinner Freddie Walker was a key factor as Melville crumbled from 90-3 to be all out for 135, despite 39 from veteran batsmen Greg Smith. Walker quickly worked through the tail to dismiss Melville with 12 overs still available.

Openers Ben Speake and Rhys McCarthy got Varsity off to a positive start in reply and, although there were a few nervous moments, Brenton Thompson's composed unbeaten 33 batting at No 4 saw them home with the silverware with 15 overs up their sleeve.

■ A superb double from Richard Genge was the highlight of the resumption of the Hamilton premier club cricket two-day competition on Saturday.

The Suburbs opener made a dominant 138 on day one of the latest round of two-day matches against Hamilton Boys' High School. He then grabbed his share of success with the ball as the students were reduced to 105 for five at stumps, with Genge taking 4-30 off 12 overs.

Genge and Ben Hyde (75), a recent top order acquisition from Northland, set up their side's big tally although the hosts fought back late in the innings, with Paddy Carsons taking 4-44 off 11 overs. However, Genge had the last say with the ball, taking the first four wickets but Mitchell East's unbeaten 60 gave HBHS some hope.

Competition leaders Star Varsity were close to nabbing a first innings lead at stumps at Galloway Park against Fraser-Tech.

Tech batted first and had several batsmen who made starts but only opener Bryce Reed made 50 as the middle order lost wickets regularly, with Freddie Walker taking 5-41 off 17 overs.

In reply, Star Varsity produced a similar effort with the bat, as Steven Rae top-scored with 59 as they reached 207-6 at stumps, just six short of their rivals as sometimes Northern Knights' representative James Baker (3-41 off 17 testing overs) and Prakash Gosai (3-44) limited the damage.

In the other encounter at Galloway Park, Melville were in good shape at stumps after dismissing Hamilton Old Boys for 219, with wickets spread among their attack.

Anish Desai led the Old Boys' scoring with 52, while Melville openers Jared Sun (42) and Ryan Thomson (41 not out) put on 86 for the first wicket to put their side in pole position.

■ A quick start helped set the basis for Cambridge's 135-run victory over Waikare at Cambridge Square in the latest round of the Waikato Valley Champions Trophy competition on Saturday.

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John Wiggans (41) and Ben Stinson (69) went at seven runs per over and with help from Keith Vincent's 55, the hosts were able to reach 303 for eight despite Cam Cullen taking 5-36 off seven overs.

Waikare slumped to 2-2 in reply and, although Hugo Bothma's 55 provided some fight, Brad Edmondson took 4-34 and Vincent chipped in with 3-20 as the visitors were dismissed for 168.

Otorohanga got their campaign back on track with a five-wicket win over Te Aroha Cobras at Otorohanga Domain.

The hosts made a terrible start in their chase for 161, slumping to 0-2 before Leighton Parsons provided the steadying influence with a crucial 77, with support from Oliver Kay (44) before Scott Mouat (27 not out) finished matters off.

Kaipaki easily saw off Morrinsville by seven wickets after dismissing the hosts for just 88 in 25 overs. The duo of Kent Currie (5-39 off nine overs) and Scott Couch (3-12 off six) did the damage at the Morrinsville Recreation Ground on a pitch which was two-paced with some uneven bounce.

Opener Ben Schilt's hard-hit 67 not out saw Kaipaki ease to victory.

AT A GLANCE

Hec Holland Plate limited-overs final: Melville 135 (Greg Smith 39; Freddie Walker 4-18) lost to Star-Varsity 136-6 (Brenton Thompson 33no) by four wickets. Eddy Marr Bowl (day one of two): Fraser-Tech 213 (B Reed 50; F Walker 5-41) versus Star Varsity 207-6 (S Rae 59, B Fawcett 45; P Gosai 3-44, J Baker 3-41). Suburbs 321 (R Genge 138, B Hyde 75; P Carsons 4-44) v HBHS 105-5 (M East 60no). Hamilton OB 219 (A Desai 52) v Melville 117-2 (J Sun 42, R Thomson 41no). --------------------

- Waikato

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